Real talk: “self-love” is an oft-preached but rarely practiced concept, especially when it comes to our appearances. All too often, we’re blinded by what we don't like about ourselves. We focus on the idea of “fixing”— covering up our blemishes and camouflaging our (let’s face it, probably perceived) flaws. It’ easy to get hung up on our “huge” pores or acne-prone skin, but if we’re not careful, the negative aspects of our appearance can become all we see.
It’s time to celebrate our bodies, our faces, and our unique beauty. It’s time to shift the focus from “fixing” to “flaunting”. To help you show off, play up, and enhance your favorite features, we've compiled a list of b-glowing approved tips and tricks. Read on, and don’t be afraid to flaunt what makes you feel most beautiful.
If you love your lips…
There’s no better way to draw attention to your wow-worthy lips than with bright, bold lip color. If you reallywant to play them up, you can create an even bolder-looking pout by drawing your lips on slightly larger than they are. Here’s how:
- First, put concealer on the outline of your lips. You don’t have to apply it to the entirety of your pout—you just want to hide your lip’s natural perimeter.
- Next, start lining just outside your natural lip line. Go slightly above the top of your cupid's bow, as well as slightly below your normal lower lip line. Pro tip: avoid going outside your natural lip line on the sides of your mouth, lest you wish to wander into Mommie Dearest territory.
- Use your favorite lipstick to fill in both lips, then rub them together to blend the liner and lipstick.
- Voila! You’ve got a pout that’s guaranteed to stand out.
Catch the light
It may seem like a no-brainer, but lip gloss is a great way to play up your pout. Gloss picks up natural light and reflects it, drawing extra attention to your already-luscious lips. Another way to make your pout pop? Dab a shimmery highlighter to your cupid’s bow to subtly accentuate lips.
Smooth things over
If you want to accentuate your mouth without makeup, reach for a lip scrub. Not only do smooth, flake-free lips reflect more light, but exfoliation increases blood circulation to your mouth. Translation: exfoliation leaves lips them with a 100% natural, rosy tint and some extra, attention-grabbing volume. (It’s like how Victorian women used to bite their lips before meeting suitors, only...better.)
If you love your eyes…
To make your big, beautiful eyes look even brighter and wider, apply a touch of shimmery eyeshadow or highlighter to the inner corners, near your tear ducts. For an extra doe-eyed effect, color your waterline with a flat white or off-white eye pencil to further lift and open.
Get things poppin’
If you’re all about your eye color, make it pop with a bright liner. Choosing an eyeliner in a complementary shade is a tried-and-true way enhance your irises and intensify your natural eye color.
Not sure which shade to choose? Follow our handy guide:
Brown eyes: Earthy brown, amber, teal, and cobalt blue are your most complementary shades, and will emphasize the amber/orange flecks in your eyes. Other flattering colors for brown-eyed babes include mink, gray, purple, navy.
Blue eyes: Since contrasting shades enhance eye color, browns, caramels, coppers, and golds make blue eyes appear even bluer. Other colors to try are terra-cotta, champagne, navy, apricot, and salmon.
Green eyes: Red is opposite green on the color wheel, so pinks, mauves or burgundies are particularly flattering. Other complementary colors include amethysts, and bronzes coppers, and plums.
Hazel eyes: Since hazel eyes are made up of both golden brown and green undertones, you can choose which color you wish to bring out. Bring out yellow accents with warm browns and metallic gold, and accentuate green flecks with steely greys and deep purples. Hazel eyes also look great in an emerald, bronze, olive, or plum shade.
If you love your eyebrows…
Sculpt and define
If you were #blessed with the bushy brow gene, a) we’re jealous and b) embrace it!
If your brows are already thick and luscious, there’s no need to fill them in with a powder or pomade. However, you can shape, sculpt, and make brows stand out even more with a gel. Formulated to create dimension and structure, brow gels tint, tame and keep eyebrows looking polished. They also grab onto individual hairs, creating extra volume and elevating your arches to their bushy best.
Emphasize your arches
Another way to make your brows pop? By placing a bit of highlighter or concealer just beneath the brow bone. Doing so will perfectly frame your arches, and make them stand out from the rest of your face. And to ensure all the attention is on your brows, keep the rest of your eye makeup minimal.
If you love your cheeks…
Work your angles
Got bone structure to rival Keira Knightley or Kerry Washington? By all means, work those angles! If you love your cheekbones, play around with a good contour and highlighter to emphasize them even more. Here’s how:
- Sweep a matte contour or bronzer from your ear to underneath your cheekbone, stopping when you reach the hollow of your cheek. Then, gently buff upward to soften any hard lines.
- Next, then buff blush, along with shimmer, along the apples of your cheeks. Doing so creates a gorgeous glow and enhances your face’s natural dimension.
- Bam! Cheekbones you could cut yourself on.
Thanks for joining us in this celebration of our fave features, and we can’t wait to see you emphasize those assets. (Selfies not required, but definitely encouraged!)
What feature do you love to show off? What attribute makes you feel most beautiful, powerful, or unique? Share in the comments below!